The Role Of University Management In The Fight Against Cybercrimes Among Students (A Case Study Of University Of Ilorin)

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The Role Of University Management In The Fight Against Cybercrimes Among Students (A Case Study Of University Of Ilorin)


Abstract


This study was carried out to examine the role of university management in the fight against cybercrimes among students using University of Ilorin, Kwara State as case study. The study was specifically carried out to determine the level of awareness of university administration about cybercrime among University of Ilorin students, determine the level of involvement of the university administration in the fight against cybercrime among University of Ilorin students, and determine how cybercrime among University of Ilorin students can be curbed by the university administration. The survey design was adopted and the simple random sampling techniques were employed in this study. The population size comprise of lecturers of University of Ilorin Kwara State. In determining the sample size, the researcher conveniently selected 57 respondents and 50 were validated. Self-constructed and validated questionnaire was used for data collection. The collected and validated questionnaires were analyzed using frequency tables, and mean scores. While the hypotheses were tested using Chi-square statistical tool. The result of the findings reveals that the level of involvement of the university administration in the fight against cybercrime among University of Ilorin students is high. The study also revealed that cybercrime among University of Ilorin students can be curbed by the university administration in the following ways: by sanitizing the students on the implication of cybercrime, adequate discipline of culprits, adequate monitoring of student cyber activities, and persecution of culprit through the judiciary. Therefore, it is recommended that massive campaign and sensitization exercise against the menace of cybercrime should be encouraged and carried out by university administrators. To mention but a few.


Table of Content


  • Title Page
  • Certification
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement
  • Table of Content
  • List of Tables
  • Abstract

Chapter One:

Introduction

  • 1.1 Background of the Study
  • 1.2 Statement of the Problem
  • 1.3 Objective of the Study
  • 1.4 Research Questions
  • 1.5 Research Hypothesis
  • 1.6 Significance of the Study
  • 1.7 Scope of the Study
  • 1.8 Limitation of the Study
  • 1.9 Definition of Terms
  • 1.10 Organisations of the Study

Chapter Two:

Review of Literature

  • 2.1 Conceptual Framework
  • 2.2 Theoretical Framework
  • 2.3 Empirical Review

Chapter Three:

Research Methodology

  • 3.1 Research Design
  • 3.2 Population of the Study
  • 3.3 Sample Size Determination
  • 3.4 Sample Size Selection Technique and Procedure
  • 3.5 Research Instrument and Administration
  • 3.6 Method of Data Collection
  • 3.7 Method of Data Analysis
  • 3.8 Validity of the Study
  • 3.9 Reliability of the Study
  • 3.10 Ethical Consideration

Chapter Four:

Data Presentation and Analysis

  • 4.1 Data Presentation
  • 4.2 Analysis of Data
  • 4.3 Answering Research Questions
  • 4.4 Test of Hypotheses

Chapter Five:

Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

  • 5.1 Summary
  • 5.2 Conclusion
  • 5.3 Recommendation
  • References
  • APPENDIX
  • QUESTIONNAIRE

Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background of the Study

In today’s culture, one of the terms that people commonly use is “cybercrime.” To comprehend the actual definition of cybercrime, one must first comprehend the meanings of cyber and crime. The term “cyber” is a prefix used to represent a notion that is part of the computer and information era, while “crime” may be defined as any action that violates legal procedure and is usually carried out by people who have a criminal purpose. Cybercrime is defined as an offense committed against a person or a group of individuals with the aim of destroying the victim’s reputation or inflicting bodily or mental harm on the victim directly or indirectly, utilizing contemporary telecommunication networks such as the internet and mobile phones (Haider & Jaishankar, 2011). The fact that they have easy access to android phones, tablets, laptops, the internet, and network infrastructure is not a far-fetched cause for the rise in cybercrime. Such crimes can jeopardize a country’s security and financial well-being (Saul, 2007). Cybercrime is defined as crimes committed with the use of a computer system. The internet has provided many forums for important studies; yet, cybercrime is a global issue that costs governments billions of dollars. Cybercrime appears to be conducted by people of all ages in Nigeria, from young to old, although the young tend to be the main offenders in recent instances. According to Akpan (2016), cybercrime has led to Nigerian students seeking money in ways other than receiving a university education. Several young people engage in cybercrime with the goal of becoming the best hacker or as a profit-making endeavor, as hacking tools have become more inexpensive in our current society. According to Ngozi (2016), the rate at which Nigerian youngsters are involved in one form or another of cybercrime is a cause for worry. Because cybercrime has the potential to ruin the image and reputation of companies, institutions, and individuals, it is critical to study the role of University Management in the battle against cybercrime among University of Ilorin students.


1.2 Statement of the Problem

The primary goal of university education is to prepare students for their future careers. Graduates of today and tomorrow must have the ability to seek out information and possess technological abilities in order to thrive in today’s fast-paced, high-tech environment. These pupils must be computer and information literate. The methods for gaining this literacy must be integrated into learning programs and integrated into the educational experience of pupils.

However, few undergraduates at Nigerian universities and other higher learning institutions may be aware of cybercrime, which is defined as criminal activity carried out with the use of a computer system, while many more may be uninformed. Some of them may have been complicit in, if not masterminding, such a crime. Some Nigerians, particularly undergraduates, including those in Kwara state, tend to engage in cybercrime on a regular basis. Such behavior is linked to a number of obvious issues. Cybercrime victims, who are often naive, suffer severe emotional and psychological suffering as a result of being defrauded of their hard-earned money by fraudsters who may even be their own children or relatives. There have been incidents of cybercrime-related suicides. This is especially true when victims believe their entire life has been ripped away as a result of massive financial and investment losses.

Perpetrators are sometimes apprehended, arrested, prosecuted in court, and sentenced to life in prison. Parents of victims who are detected are often killed because they are unable to cope with the embarrassment and pain associated with their children’s or wards’ involvement in cybercrime. Furthermore, the frequency of cybercrime tarnishes a country’s reputation in the international community. It may also jeopardize a country’s security and financial stability. Students are now enjoying scamming public and private organizations, as well as their peers, while pursuing their academic goals. If this anomaly is not addressed and corrected immediately, our higher education institutions will become a breeding ground for crooks seeking to swindle the school administration and society at large. The goal of this study is to determine the involvement of university administration in the fight against cybercrime among University of Ilorin students.


1.3 Objective of the Study

The overall goal of the research is to:

  1. Determine the level of awareness of university administration about cybercrime among University of Ilorin students.
  2. Determine the level of involvement of the university administration in the fight against cybercrime among University of Ilorin students.
  3. Determine how cybercrime among University of Ilorin students can be curbed by the university administration.

1.4 Research Questions

The following research questions guide the objective of the study:

  1. What is the level of awareness of the university administration about cybercrime among University of Ilorin students?
  2. What is the level of involvement of the university administration in the fight against cybercrime among University of Ilorin students?
  3. How can cybercrime among University of Ilorin students be curbed by the university administration?

1.5 Research Hypotheses

  • Ho: Administrators of UNIIlorin are not effective in the fight against cybercrime.
  • Ha: Administrators of UNIIlorin are effective in the fight against cybercrime.

1.6 Significance of the Study

The overall goal of this study is to determine the involvement of university administration in the fight against cybercrime among University of Ilorin students. The purpose of the study is to determine the level of awareness and involvement among lecturers of cybercrime at the University of Illorin.

This study will contribute to the current literature in this field and will also serve as a resource for academics, researchers, and students who may want to do future research on this or a comparable issue.


1.7 Scope of the Study

The research was limited to the administration of the University of Illorin, Kwara state, Nigeria. And the study focuses on the involvement of university administration in the fight against cybercrime among University of Ilorin students.


1.8 Limitation of Study

Like in every human endeavour, the researcher encountered slight constraints while carrying out the study. Insufficient funds tend to impede the efficiency of the researcher in sourcing for the relevant materials, literature, or information and in the process of data collection, which is why the researcher resorted to a limited choice of sample size. More so, the researcher simultaneously engaged in this study with other academic work. As a result, the amount of time spent on research will be reduced.

Moreover, the case study method utilized in the study posed some challenges to the investigator including the possibility of biases and poor judgment of issues. However, the investigator relied on respect for the general principles of procedures, justice, fairness, objectivity in observation and recording, and weighing of evidence to overcome the challenges.


1.9 Definition of Terms

University Management:

Management is the administration of an organization, whether it is a business, a non-profit organization, or a government body.

Cybercrimes:

Criminal activities that are carried out by means of computers or the internet.


1.10 Organization of the Study

The study is categorized into five chapters. The first chapter presents the background of the study, statement of the problem, objective of the study, research questions and hypothesis, the significance of the study, scope/limitations of the study, and definition of terms. The chapter two covers the review of literature with emphasis on conceptual framework, theoretical framework, and empirical review. Likewise, the chapter three which is the research methodology, specifically covers the research design, population of the study, sample size determination, sample size, and selection technique and procedure, research instrument and administration, method of data collection, method of data analysis, validity and reliability of the study, and ethical consideration. The second to last chapter being the chapter four presents the data presentation and analysis, while the last chapter(chapter five) contains the summary, conclusion and recommendation.


Chapter Five


Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations:

5.1 Introduction

This chapter summarizes the findings on the role of university management in the fight against cybercrimes among students using University of Ilorin, Kwara State as case study. The chapter consists of summary of the study, conclusions, and recommendations.


5.2 Summary of the Study

In this study, our focus was to examine the role of university management in the fight against cybercrimes among students using University of Ilorin, Kwara State as case study. The study was specifically carried out to determine the level of awareness of university administration about cybercrime among University of Ilorin students, determine the level of involvement of the university administration in the fight against cybercrime among University of Ilorin students, and determine how cybercrime among University of Ilorin students can be curbed by the university administration.

The study adopted the survey research design and randomly enrolled participants in the study. A total of 50 responses were validated from the enrolled participants where all respondent were lecturers of University of Ilorin Kwara State.


5.3 Conclusions

Based on the findings of this study, the researcher concluded that;

  1. The level of awareness of the university administration about cybercrime among University of Ilorin students is high.
  2. The level of involvement of the university administration in the fight against cybercrime among University of Ilorin students is high.
  3. Cybercrime among University of Ilorin students can be curbed by the university administration in the following ways: by sanitizing the students on the implication of cybercrime, adequate discipline of culprits, adequate monitoring of student cyber activities, and persecution of culprit through the judiciary.

5.4 Recommendations

Based on the findings of the study, the following recommendations are proffered.

  1. Massive campaign and sensitization exercise against the menace of cybercrime should be encouraged and carried out by university administrators.
  2. There is need to put in place a universal law, that would have universal applicability with only one jurisdiction, so much that, wherever a cybercrime is committed, the perpetrator can be brought to book, irrespective of where he is situate.
  3. The school authority should collaborate with parents to counsel and educate students on the effects of their engagement in cybercrime. The school can establish guidance and counseling unit in the school to give counseling to culprits within the school in various forms and also teach them morals.

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